Soccer

High school girls soccer: Cary-Grove falls to Barrington in Class 3A sectional final

ROCKFORD – As Barrington celebrated on one side of the field at Swanson Stadium, Cary-Grove gathered and shared a special moment together on the other side one final time in 2019.

"You're always with your team, and they just become your family," senior midfielder Kailyn Sheehan said after a 2-0 season-ending loss to Barrington in the Class 3A Guilford Sectional championship game Friday.

"They mean a lot. They're your best friends, and it's just fun to play soccer with them."

For the second straight season, the Trojans lost to Barrington (20-1-1) in a sectional final. C-G ends the season 14-3-1, winning its third straight regional title and earning a share of the Fox Valley Conference title with Prairie Ridge and Crystal Lake Central.

The Fillies scored two minutes into Friday's final. Forward Ashley Armando took a pass from midfielder Tina Teik and sidestepped C-G senior goalkeeper McKenna Sheehan for a clear shot. Caroline Kilayko added Barrington's second goal in the 21st.

As the Fillies pressured the C-G back line, the Trojans had few answers for Barrington's defense. The Fillies finished with 10 shots on goal, all in the first half. C-G, meanwhile, went 80 minutes without a shot on goal.

"They're a very good team. They're very fast, athletic, organized, and they're very deep," C-G coach Ray Krystal said. "Against a team that's as strong as they are, it's about supporting each other. Not a single person in the entire group was going to quit today, whether they were on the field or on the bench."

C-G sophomore forward Jenna Stayart, who led the Trojans with 28 goals, said Barrington's defense made it difficult to maintain any attack.

"Anytime we got it forward, their defense just kind of stepped up right away and got it out as fast as they could," Stayart said. "They don't really play around with it in the back. We just talked about how we needed more energy and confidence."

Barrington coach Ryan Stengren said it was his team's collective effort that kept the Trojans' offense quiet.

"Cary-Grove has No. 2 [Stayart], and she's a stud. I don't know if we have that type of player on our team," Stengren said. "We're going to send numbers at her and get a lot of pressure and hope we can make her life difficult."

The Trojans graduate seven: McKenna Sheehan, Kailyn Sheehan, Caitlin Scopa, Elsa Larry, Maddie Jannusch, Katelyn Glowinski and Megan Harbeck.

"These last four years have meant so much to me," said Harbeck, a four-year varsity defender. "We've gotten so close as a team on and off the field. We joke around off the field, but also when we play on the field. It's really cool to see we have that connection and chemistry with each other."

Krystal was thankful for what his seniors accomplished on and off the field.

"The culture they created is of support first," Krystal said. "They're very good friends, but they've embraced everybody from every grade. They created an atmosphere that's a family."

STAR OF THE GAME

McKenna Sheehan, Cary-Grove, sr., GK

Sheehan made eight first-half saves, including four in the last four minutes, and aggressively charged Barrington attackers into taking quick shots.

THE NUMBER

0: Cary-Grove had zero shots on goal.

AND ANOTHER THING...

Barrington, the two-time defending Class 3A state champion, has won 11 straight sectional titles after Friday's 2-0 victory.

Class 3A Rockford Guilford Sectional

Barrington 2, Cary-Grove 0

Cary-Grove 0 0 – 0

Barrington 2 0 – 2

First half

B–Armando (Teik), 2nd

B–Kilayko (UA), 21st

Goalkeeper saves: M. Sheehan (CG) 8

STAR OF THE GAME

McKenna Sheehan, Cary-Grove, sr., GK

Sheehan made eight first-half saves, including four in the last four minutes, and aggressively charged Barrington attackers into taking quick shots.

THE NUMBER

0: Cary-Grove had zero shots on goal.

AND ANOTHER THING ...

Barrington, the two-time defending Class 3A state champion, has won 11 straight sectional titles after Friday's 2-0 victory.

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